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Russia and Catherine the Great: Her Rise to Power: Catherine was a German princess who married the future Peter III of Russia. However, the heir to the Russian throne was a dimwit, who at the age of 24 still played with paper soldiers. His favorite one was named Frederick the Great, after his favorite European ruler. When a rat broke into his paper soldiers one night and mutilated a number of them, he ordered the palace guard to apprehend the culprit. Once done, Peter tried the animal before a tribunal of his paper soldiers on the charges of treason and murder. After the rat’s conviction, he had a miniature gallows constructed to hang the guilty party until dead. In 1762 peter, now a Tsar (emperor), was overthrown in a coup led by his wife and thrown into prison where he shortly died from “hemorrhoidal colic.” Upon hearing of the ex-Tsar’s demise, an Enlightened thinker remarked, “hemorrhoids are terribly dangerous in Russia.” Peter was really assassinated with Catherine’s knowledge or at her orders.
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